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February 28, 2018

Easter Season 2018 Worship Planning Series

Easter isn’t just a single day in the Christian Year. It’s a season of 50 days, starting […]

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April 18, 2018

History of Hymns: “At the Font We Start Our Journey”

By Thomas L. Baynham, Jr.

Brian Wren, in his book, Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song, explains that theology can be done […]

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History of Hymns
April 12, 2018

History of Hymns: “We Are God’s People”

By Thomas L. Baynham, Jr.

The theology of the church is often expressed in its congregational singing. Congregational singing is part of the church's […]

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History of Hymns
March 29, 2018

History of Hymns: “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending”

By C. Michael Hawn

This poem comes as close as poetic verse can in scaling the heights of splendor, majesty, and mystery as described […]

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History of Hymns
April 4, 2018

History of Hymns: “Hear My Prayer, O God”

By Thomas L. Baynham, Jr.

Hear My Prayer, O Lord is based on the Psalm 143 text. The last of the penitential psalms, this psalm, […]

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March 21, 2018

History of Hymns: “Blessed Is He Who Comes in God’s Name”

By Elise Jeeyoon Choi

“Blessed Is He Who Comes in God’s Name,” by John Thornburg; Worship and Song, No. 3077    […]

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History of Hymns
March 12, 2018

See Our Savior, Crucified

The Seven Last Words of Jesus are a frequently included part of Good Friday services across a variety of Christian […]

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March 14, 2018

History of Hymns: “He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought”

By C. Michael Hawn

“He Leadeth Me” by American Joseph Gilmore (1834-1918) was birthed out of a particular struggle in American history. […]

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History of Hymns
March 6, 2018

History of Hymns: “Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown”

By C. Michael Hawn

The intercessions, though regretfully often omitted in United Methodist worship, are one ofamong the most important parts of the gathered […]

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History of Hymns
January 11, 2018

History of Hymns: “O Freedom” and “Freedom Is Coming”

By C. Michael Hawn

Songs are about many things, but ultimately their meaning may be found both in the originator of the song and […]

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History of Hymns
January 12, 2018

Forty Days and Forty Nights

Throughout Scripture, "forty days and forty nights" is a frequent theme in events that are significant for the people of […]

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December 6, 2017

For God Alone I Wait

Created with the words of Psalm 62, Darren Cushman Wood has penned a hymn for those struggling with grief. Especially appropriate […]

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Christmas/Epiphany
October 26, 2017

Songs of Solidarity: Protest Songs for a Loving Church

During times of conflict and unrest, people stand together in love, knowing that goodness is stronger than evil. Sing these […]

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Topical Music
October 26, 2017

2018 Worship and Music Planning Calendar

Calendar with lectionary readings for each Sunday in 2018, as well as special days and times throughout the year. For pastors, […]

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October 2, 2017

Young Joseph the Dreamer

In response to the work to support DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), hymn writer Carolyn Winfrey Gillette adds commentary […]

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September 29, 2017

Fulfill the Joy of Faithfulness

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette composed this hymn in response to Hurricane Harvey, which devastated portions of Texas and Louisiana along the […]

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August 18, 2015

Copyright and Licensing for the Church Musician

These documents can be used either for personal learning or to lead a class in presenting important parts of the […]

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Copyright & Licensing